Apple blocks Java on Macs amidst security concerns

Several Mac users around the world were taken aback when Java running programs they were using stopped working as a result of Apple blocking Java due to security problems.Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 2.30.39 PM

Java enables programmers to write a slew of applications and softwares for computers, including Apple’s Mac. Earlier this month, however, the US Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory recommending users to disable Java in web browsers to be safe from potential hacking attacks.

In response, Apple blocked the latest version of Java from running on its latest Mac OSes, and also blocked Java 6, from running on the older version of its Mac system, known as Snow Leopard.

Oracle, the company that owns Java, has still not issued an official comment on the matter.

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